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How does your school compare to the world's best?

Yet again, the U.S. has received mediocre PISA scores. A new opt-in test is giving schools a chance to see how they rank internationally … and how to improve.

Decoding America's math and science scores

Where does your child fit into the global picture of education? (And should you care?)

State Standardized Test Scores: Issues to Consider

State tests hold schools accountable for results, but they don't tell the whole story about a school.

Why are standards important?

Standards are guideposts for schools. Teachers, parents and students use them as a tool to focus on what students are expected to learn.

What's so bad about teaching to the test?

If teaching content standards is considered teaching to the test, it may not be such a bad thing.

National Assessment of Educational Progress: An overview

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of students' knowledge and performance in certain subject areas. Results include achievement data for populations of students (e.g., 4th graders) and groups within those populations (including students with disabilities).

GreatSchools Ratings: Issues to Consider

GreatSchools Ratings provide a quick snapshot of how students at a school performed on state tests.

What the No Child Left Behind law means for your child

The No Child Left Behind law has brought sweeping changes to education across the nation. Here's what it means to your child.

The Finnish paradox

More, more, more. Should we apply the principles of supersizing to education reform?